The James Taylor Quartet

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, tomorrow

In 1987 James Taylor and his Hammond organ set up the JTQ and he has not looked back since. Fans of jazz, funk and soul have kept James and his band popular for more than 30 years and such is his love for performing that he can often be found on the road touring. If you want an evening that will hark back to the Sixties and Seventies and fancy dancing the night away then check this show out.

The Chicago Blues Brothers

Theatre Royal, Brighton, Sunday

This show is considered one of the finest Blues Brothers tributes in the world, and it’s easy to see why.

There is adrenaline pumping music that will have you out of your seat and dancing to some of the best Motown, blues and jazz hits that the music world has ever come up with.

For two hours you will be transported back to the Eighties, into the Palace Hotel ballroom and for the concert the real Blues Brothers never got to finish in their famous 1980 thrill-ride film.

Rhy James

Komedia, Brighton, Sunday

Despite being only 28 years old Rhys James has already been in stand-up comedy for ten years.

Starting out when he was a student at club competitions, his sharp writing skills and lightning quick wit has seen him become a regular on comedy panel shows and stand-up nights across the country.

This Edinburgh Fringe preview show will see Rhys try out some new material ahead of next month’s festival.

Rhys will be joined by Chris Betts, who is slowly making a name for himself in the UK after proving popular in Canada and the USA.

Josh Ritter

Concorde 2, Brighton, Sunday

American singer Josh Ritter was widely unknown on the global stage until the release of his 2006 album The Animal Years. Since then the 42-year-old, from Moscow, Idaho, has built up quite the following and is often considered one of the best songwriters around today. His bluesy vocals and chart friendly music mean he is able to span genres and make fans in both the mainstream and niche music markets.

The ELO Experience

Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tuesday, July 23

The Electric Light Orchestra are one of the best loved rock bands of the 1970s. While seeing a tribute act is never as good as the real thing, the ELO Experience are considered one of the best tribute bands in the world for a reason. They will be bringing fantastic songs to the Theatre Royal like Mr Blue Sky and Don’t Bring Me Down for a night of toe tapping and head bopping music.

Jenny Lewis

Concorde 2, Brighton, Wednesday, July 24

Jenny Lewis made a name for herself in America as a child with appearances on some hit TV shows. Now, however, she is more known for her songwriting and singing. Her first taste of music came in 1998 when she formed indie rock band Rilo Kiley but it is as a solo star where she has come into her own. Her latest album, On The Line, released earlier this year will be the main focus of her current run of shows - but there will also be plenty to enjoy from her vast back catalogue.

Sara Barron

Komedia, Brighton, Wednesday, July 24

American comedian Sara Barron is one of the fastest rising stars on the British comedy circuit.

Her no nonsense comedy would go down a storm in her home country, but it wasn’t until she came to England that she started doing stand-up.

She has been accepted as one of our own and her sets never fail to get audiences laughing their socks off.

This is another Edinburgh Fringe preview show.

Sara will be joined by three-piece surreal comedy stars The Sleeping Trees.

Here Come the Boys

Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26

For two nights, three of Strictly Come Dancing’s finest male performers will take to the stage at the Theatre Royal for a show that is a little different than what is shown on the hit BBC show.

Giovanni Pernice, Aljaz Skorjanec and Gorka Marquez are firm favourites among Strictly fans and their Here Come The Boys tour will see them battle against each other in a series of performances - all for the adoring crowd.

The audience will have the final say on who wins each night, making you part of the action.

Wuthering Heights

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Hove, Wednesday, July 24 to Saturday, July 27

It’s not quite the Yorkshire Moors but the Brighton Open Air Theatre is a fantastic place for this adaptation of Wuthering Heights to be set.

Put on by the Identity Theatre Company, this story of love and obsession follows the free-spirited Catherine and dark, brooding Heathcliff.

A story of heartbreak and romance, this classic novel has captured imaginations across the globe and is always popular on stage.


Brighton Racecourse, Brighton, Friday, July 26

From 1998 until their hiatus in 2010 Doves were one of the leading lights of indie rock in the UK. Formed in Cheshire by twin brothers Jez and Andy Williams, the group burst onto the scene and into the charts. They released four albums before announcing their lengthy break - and only came back onto the scene last year. With fans jubilant that they are back together they will be flocking to the racecourse on Friday to hear much-loved songs like There Goes the Fear and Kingdom of Rust. The group will also be bringing along fantastic rock bands Feeder, The Coral and The Twang along for the show. It’s sure to be a cracking night.